Man sentenced for role in counterfeiting

A Walla Walla man was sentenced to a real prison sentence for his part in distributing fake money.

A federal judge sentenced Christopher A. Brotherton, 33, to seven years and eight months in prison. Walla Walla Police spokesman Officer Tim Bennett said Brotherton was involved in a case that began in November 2011 after counterfeit $20 bills were passed at area convenience stores.

Brotherton’s case was turned over to the federal Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms after a search of a home found Brotherton, a convicted felon, in possession of a firearm. Police said he has been arrested at least 11 times by Walla Walla area law enforcement agencies.

Brotherton will be placed on parole for four years after he is released from prison, police said.

Brotherton was one of 25 people from the Tri-Cities, Walla Walla and Spokane arrested in January 2012 as part of a months-long investigation led by the Spokane Violent Crime Gang Enforcement Team.